2012-2013 Coaching Staff
Mike O'Neill – Coach Mike is in his sixth year coaching for SHS Crew, he is the head coach and coach of the boy's varsity program. Mike has a thirty year history with the sport of rowing. He was introduced to the sport when he attended Tabor Academy and rowed to a second place finish at the NEIRA championships his senior year. After college Mike started a company building rowing shells and continued competing in single sculls at the club and recreation level. Mike has contributed many innovations to the sport of rowing, including the wing rigging system used on many new boats. In addition to coaching, Mike maintains our fleet of rowing shells and chase boats.
Ken Godfrey – Ken is the former Head Coach of SHS Crew and continues to support the program as a volunteer coach, mentor, and consultant. Last year he focused on the development of the younger rowers in 3rd Varsity and Novice boats. His role has expanded in the 2013 Spring season to coaching the 1st and 2nd Varsity Girls. Ken continues to support the CT Public Schools Rowing Association which sponsors the CT State Championships.
Sarah Buck – This is Sarah's 5th year with the program. After 4 years with the Varsity Girls she is now coaching the 3rd Varsity and Novice Girls. Sarah is a 2001 graduate of SHS and an SHS Crew Alumnus. She rowed for 3 years at URI and brings her enthusiasm for the sport and a wealth of knowledge on rowing technique and conditioning.
Maria Brown – Maria has been a soccer coach for the Stonington Community Center and Stonington Soccer Club for over 10 years. She was named Coach of the year 2006 at the Community Center. She is an avid runner and joined SHS Crew as the Conditioning coach for 2012 because she enjoyed watching the team so much last year she could not resist becoming a part. Her role has expanded to Novice Coach for the 2013 season.
Alice Soscia – Alice had coached at SHS under Ken Godfrey and Mike Nowak in 1999 and returned in 2010 to work with the Boys V3 and novice boats. Alice rowed for the University of Tampa 4 years and was in the 1987 US Rowing Assoc. Southeastern Crew of the Year She was the '87 Woman's Collegiate Lightweight National Champions, invited to the Pan American games in Yugoslavia, inducted into the University of Tampa Hall of Fame, undefeated Florida State Champion and Dad Vail Regatta Champion. This season she will be concentrating on the V3 boats with Ed.
Ed Bockowski - Ed coached soccer in Stonington for 10 +/- years and is now in his 5th year with Stonington Crew. Ed has great enthusiasm and a willingness to learn which he passes onto the team. For the 2013 Spring season he will be teaming up with Alice Socia coaching the 3rd Varsity boats.